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Rapido Trains UK announce N Gauge Iron Minks & Not-Quite-Minks

Rapido Trains UK have announced a brand-new range of N Gauge Iron Minks and Not-Quite-Minks, and they are available to pre-order now.

rapido trains uk n gauge iron mink

The Great Western Railway’s V6 ‘Iron Mink’ is one of the most recognisable designs that came out of the Swindon wagon drawing office. What made these wagons so recognisable was the fact that they shunned traditional wooden construction and were made from metal instead. Shortages of timber forced the GWR to investigate building vans from metal but it wasn’t until 1888 that what could be called the ‘Standard Iron Mink’ appeared. This boasted a 16ft 6in underframe and a capacity of 8 tons. Over 4,000 were built up to 1901 when the GWR reverted to wood bodies.

rapido trains uk n gauge iron mink

With war looming, the ‘Iron Mink’s’ metal construction made it an ideal gunpowder van. Wooden doors were replaced with thick metal ones and the end ventilators were covered with a plain panel. After the First World War, these ‘Iron Minks’ were converted back to goods traffic. The ‘Iron Minks’ were long lived with examples surviving through until British Railways days in revenue and Departmental service. They could be found all over the UK railway network and some were recorded as far north as Inverness.


rapido trains uk n gauge iron mink

Luckily, four complete ‘Iron Minks’ (alongside several van bodies) have survived into the preservation at the Severn Valley Railway, Didcot Railway Centre, Swindon and Cricklade and South Devon Railway.


Though the GWR pioneered the ‘Iron Mink’, the basic design was adopted by not only private wagon builders but other railway companies. Other railways and builders would use what was essentially the ‘Iron Mink’ body but use underframes and fittings to their own design. Whilst not quite right, Rapido are offering ready-to-run ‘Not-Quite-Minks’ that represent railway companies and private owner organisations where the pickings of RTR models are quite slim – They trust that modellers will overlook any slight prototypical inaccuracies in order to enjoy highly authentic and well-researched liveries on a beautiful looking and refined model.

rapido trains n gauge iron mink

Amongst the range is a nice selection of tooling variants to cover some of the different guises the ‘Iron Mink’ had throughout its existence. These include plated or vented ends, wooden or gunpowder van metal doors, and numerous brake configurations.



rapido trains uk n gauge iron mink


There will be a swathe of livery options too, that cover the wagon’s long history and well-travelled nature, including many of the same liveries that featured as part of the Rapido Trains OO ‘Not-Quite-Mink’ range.

rapido trains uk n gauge iron mink

Rapiod have also combined as many of them into convenient Triple packs, much like their previous N Gauge wagon packs. They will also be adding the most popular OO Not-Quite-Mink livery to the N Gauge range, G. Fawkes. That should go off with a bang!


rapido trains n gauge iron mink

The models are currently in the design stage, and we are hoping to have samples in Q2 of 2024. The order book is open, and you can pre-order your Triple Packs (RRP £69.95) and Individual G. Fawkes wagons (RRP £24.95) directly from www.rapidotrains.co.uk today or from any of our official retailers.


• SKU 961001: Iron Mink - GWR (Early) Triple Pack

rapido trains n guage Iron Mink - GWR (Early) Triple Pack

• SKU 961002: GWR (Inter-War) Triple Pack

rapido trains n gauge GWR (Inter-War) Triple Pack

• SKU 961003: GW at War Pack A Triple Pack

n gauge rapido trains GW at War Pack A Triple Pack

• SKU 961004: GW at War Pack B Triple Pack

n gauge rapido trains GW at War Pack B Triple Pack

• SKU 961005: SR at War Triple Pack

n gauge rapido trains SR at War Triple Pack

• SKU 961006: Not Quite Minks - LMS Acid Triple Pack

n gauge Not Quite Minks - LMS Acid Triple Pack

• SKU 961007: Not Quite Minks - Scotland & Borders Triple Pack

n gauge Not Quite Minks - Scotland & Borders Triple Pack

• SKU 961008: Not Quite Minks - Northerners Triple Pack

n gauge Not Quite Minks - Northerners Triple Pack

• SKU 961009: Not Quite Minks - Welsh Railways Triple Pack

n gauge Not Quite Minks - Welsh Railways Triple Pack

• SKU 961010: Not Quite Minks - Cement Vans Triple Pack

n gauge Not Quite Minks - Cement Vans Triple Pack

• SKU 961011: Iron Mink - BR (W) Triple Pack

rapido trains n gauge Iron Mink - BR (W) Triple Pack

• SKU 961012: Not Quite Minks - G. Fawkes Gunpowder


n gauge rapido trains Not Quite Minks - G. Fawkes Gunpowder


The RRP is £69.95 Triple Packs / £24.95 Individual Wagons and they can be pre-ordered now direct from Rapido Trains UK.

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